Detroit Pistons: Is There Hope for the Near Future?

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Detroit Pistons: Is There Hope for the Near Future?
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This way to the future...

The Pistons may still sneak into the playoffs this year.  It would be good for the young guys to get that experience.  The only downside is that it would hurt their chances of getting a good draft pick.

After the recent Bobcats loss, where the team currently in eighth place dominated the Pistons when it counted, I dug into their contract situation to see if there was any hope for the future…

I recently wrote that I hoped the Pistons could keep Tayshaun Prince because he has been our most consistent performer this year.  After further review I can see that’s not going to happen.  Unless we trade him in the next three weeks he will just walk at the end of his contract this year.  

The Pistons are currently at $65 million, which is $7.5 million over the cap.  Losing Prince would seem to help, but it won't because nearly every contract increases next year so that they will be at $74 million.    

Let's take a look at the rest of the roster...

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